PACNY Goes To Washington

Last month PACNY President, Murray Gould, joined 15 colleagues from across NYS in our nation’s capital to meet with members of Congress. Annual Lobby Day, sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Preservation Action, provides an opportunity for U.S. preservation leaders and advocates to discuss a number of important historic preservation regulatory and legislative issues and to exchange ideas that will help preserve and shape historic preservation policies.

“We’ve all heard the phrase that ‘politics are local.’ It’s important that we communicate directly with our elected officials to let them know how the decisions they make impact us here in Central New York,” says Gould. “It is critical that they hear about the effectiveness of the federal rehabilitation tax credit program, and how that program provides the sorely needed economic incentive for catalytic projects such as the Landmark Theatre, Dey Brothers, St. Patrick’s Lofts and the Pike Block. Nothing works better than a success story.”

PACNY participated in meetings with the staff for Senators Schumer and Gillibrand, as well as six members of the House of Representatives from New York State. The representatives were presented with studies and materials that support a series of proposed improvements and enhancements to the tax credit program, anticipating that legislation will be introduced shortly in both the House and Senate.


Tour The Historic Basilica Of The Sacred Heart – March 9th

PACNY has arranged for a tour of the historic Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Syracuse. This beautiful Catholic church on the city’s west side was built by the first Polish parish in the city, and was designed in the Gothic Revival style by the prominent Syracuse architectural partnership of Merrick & Randall. Completed in 1910, the church features beautiful stained glass windows imported from Munich, Germany, together with windows from the Keck Stained Glass Studios in Syracuse and from St. Louis, MO. The 45-minute tour will focus on the architecture and the history of the parish.

Following the tour, all are welcome to stroll next door to the 1918 Polish Home for light refreshments and a brief talk about the history of the Polish community in Syracuse, and the Polish Home’s efforts to preserve the artifacts of that community, by the Home’s President, Robert Synakowski. Please join us to see beautiful architecture and learn about an important part of Syracuse’s immigrant history.

Date: Saturday, March 9, 2013
Time: 1 p.m.
Cost: FREE
Location: 927 Park Avenue, Syracuse 13204 (at West Genesee Street, across from Harrison Bakery)
PLEASE RSVP BY MARCH 8 via our Contact page or phone (315) 214-6439


PACNY Celebrates Black History Month

Join your fellow preservationists in celebrating:

The People’s AME Zion Church
Rev. Jermain Wesley Loguen
a reception and buffet dinner
in the
beautiful, historic Barnes Mansion

Mark your calendar!

Date: Saturday, February 23, 2013
Time: 5:30pm
Place: Barnes Mansion, 930 James Street, Syracuse, NY
Price: $40.00 per person

Registration/payment deadline: Wednesday, February 20

or send a check to:
Preservation Association of Central New York, Inc.
930 James Street
Syracuse, NY 13203

The reception starts at 5:30pm. This is your chance to meet like-minded folks and enjoy hors d’oeuvres and a full bar featuring beverages from upstate New York. The buffet dinner by Karen’s Catering begins at 6:00pm.

Following dinner, we will adjourn to the ballroom to have a panel discussion on the ongoing efforts to save the People’s AME Zion Church located at 711 E. Fayette Street, Syracuse. This is an opportunity to support the efforts to rehabilitate an important Sacred Site, continuing our organization’s “Sacred Sites” theme for 2013.
Loguen.160The evening will conclude with a very special presentation of Rev. Jermain Wesley Loguen, set as a “Donation Party” at Syracuse’s Market Hall in June 1852. Loguen is welcomed back to Syracuse by his supporters after spending the previous winter and spring in Canada after the Jerry Rescue Incident in October 1851.

Portraying the Rev. Loguen will be Robert Djed Snead, a graduate of Monroe Community College and SUNY – Brockport. Djed is a published poet, playwright, author, storyteller and historical reenactor.

The Barnes Mansion was the home of Underground Railroad supporter George Barnes. Barnes put up $4,000 bail money ($110,000 in 2012 dollars) for two people who tried to help “Jerry” during the “Jerry Rescue.” More about the George & Rebecca Barnes Foundation